The finalists (left to right, framed by Giller Prize founder Jack Rabinovitch on the left and James O’Sullivan, Scotiabank’s Group Head, Canadian Banking on the right) were Samuel Archibald (for Arvida, translated by Donald Winkler), Anakana Schofield (for Martin John), Rachel Cusk (for Outline), André Alexis (for Fifteen Dogs) and Heather O’Neill (for Daydreams of Angels).
Our hard-working five-person jury for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize (chair John Boyne and jurors Cecil Foster, Alexander MacLeod, Alison Pick and Helen Oyeyemi) took us from a much-praised 2015 longlist to an exciting shortlist.
And then there was one – André Alexis, whose family helped to boisterously support the Scotiabank Giller Prize winner for his novel Fifteen Dogs.
André continues to dominate the bestseller charts and Fifteen Dogs remains a magnet for media coverage.
In the first year of a unique partnership between the Banff Centre and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, André was invited for a two-week residency in the Centre’s exclusive Leighton Artists’ Colony in Banff, Alberta. During his visit, André offered some readings and talks, one of which is captured in this podcast.
After the thrum and chaos of the 2015 prize, the five finalists and their books remain in the news. Here are some highlights.
- An Entertaining Talk with CanLit Icon Heather O’Neill before her St. John’s Appearance at Sparks
- New York Journal of Books review of Arvida, by Samuel Archibald (translated by Donald Winkler)
- Martin John by Anakana Schofield Guardian review – funny, distressing and complicated
- Rachel Cusk’s Outline named to New York Times 10 Best Books of 2015
And the books just keep on coming.
Yes, the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury – Canadian writers Lawrence Hill (Jury Chair), Jeet Heer and Kathleen Winter, along with British author Samantha Harvey and Scottish writer Alan Warner – are already reading up a storm! (Learn more about all of them here.)
Should your books be in a future shipment to the jurors? All you need is in the 2016 submission package (download it here) and please make sure you meet the following deadlines.
- Books published between October 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016 must be received on or before February 15, 2016.
- Books published between March 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016 must be received on or before April 15, 2016.
- Books published between May 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016 must be received on or before June 15, 2016.
- Books published between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016 must be received on or before August 15, 2016.
Have you made note of all of the key upcoming Scotiabank Giller Prize dates and milestones? Bookmark this page to keep track of them.
We’re pleased to announce that the popular Between the Pages events, showcasing the Scotiabank Giller Prize authors and books are returning in 2016 to Vancouver (Vancouver Playhouse), Halifax (Dalhousie Arts Centre) and Toronto (Koerner Hall). We hope to see you in person at one of these splendid venues, or have you join us online for the livestream of one or more of the events.
The 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala to honour the finalists is currently scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th as a live broadcast on CBC Television.
Hmm, does that date ring a bell?
Yep, the US election is that same day. So, will Canada’s first word in fiction go head to head with an event south of the border that so far, is looking stranger than fiction? Stay tuned!
[Photo credits – Margaret Atwood (courtesy of Margaret Atwood); Donald Trump (from The Telegraph)]
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